The Obligations of the Carrier Regarding the Cargo

The Hague-Visby Rules

  • Ilian Djadjev

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
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About this book


This book addresses the legal and contractual obligations of sea carriers regarding due care for the cargo under a contract of carriage. While the general framework employed is the leading international liability regime, the Hague-Visby Rules, the discussions in each chapter also account for the possible future adoption of a new regime, the Rotterdam Rules.

The subject matter concerns the standard for the duty of care for goods as codified in the Hague-Visby Rules, but the work also touches upon a wide range of related topics found both in law and in practice, providing valuable commercial, technical and historical links as well as various solutions that have been found at the national and international level to address challenges arising in this specialised area of law. 

The book is divided into six chapters, which gradually reveal the complexity of the topic. Chapter 1 provides a thorough introduction to the two main transport documents in use, and to the basic logic behind shipping, sea-going trade and related national and international legislation. In turn, Chapter 2 presents an overview of the relevant provisions of the Hague-Visby Rules. Chapters 3, 4 and 5 examine the problems arising out of the insertion of a FIOS(T) clause in the contract of carriage; the carriage of goods on deck; and the carriage of goods in containers, respectively. Lastly, Chapter 6 provides an overall conclusion on the legal status quo and current practice, as well as future prospects.

The book was written with a number of potential readers in mind and is intended to open up the topic to a broader audience. It is suitable both for readers who wish to advance their learning (e.g. professionals, practitioners and postgraduates) and for readers with little or no prior knowledge of the topic (e.g. students and researchers).


Shipping Bills of lading Charter party Hague-Visby Rules Fios clause Deck cargo Rotterdam Rules Carriers Carriage of goods Sea transport HVR Sea carriage liability regimes Shipping industry Maritime legislation Maritime law Chartering Logistics Carrier's liability Indemnity insurance Maritime transport

Authors and affiliations

  • Ilian Djadjev
    • 1
  1. 1.Private International LawUniversity of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-62439-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-62440-2
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